Nigeria must do more to reduce its high malaria burden.
There have been disruptions. But national malaria control programmes have shown impressive resilience.
Murray Valley encephalitis has been detected in south-eastern Australia. No human cases have yet been reported, but past outbreaks after floods show we need to be cautious.
A medical myth persists that the B vitamin thiamine is a systemic insect repellent that wards off mosquitoes when taken orally. But scientists have disproven this mistaken belief again and again.
DDT accumulates in wildlife and magnifies up the food chain. Birds of prey occupy the top of these food chains in various ecosystems.
Rain and floods mean mozzie numbers are booming. Australia has around 300 different mosquito species, but they can’t all make us sick, or even bite.
As the Earth warms up the malaria vector will develop faster, allowing them to breed faster, bite more frequently and expand into formerly unsuitable habitats.
There are many reasons that malaria is so persistent in Africa. Four of them are poverty, human movement, resistance and climate change.
Mozzies can make you sick by injecting a cocktail of saliva and virus when they bite. Ross River virus has long been a risk but now we’re also contending with the more serious Japanese encephalitis.
France experienced its largest outbreak of ‘native’ dengue this summer. Thanks to climate change, Europe can expect more of the same.
Mosquitoes can track down potential hosts using the CO2 released by humans’ metabolic processes, a medical entomologist explains.
Not all cases of La Crosse disease affect the neurological system, but those that do can be severe and sometimes fatal – especially in children.
The spread of this urban malaria vector species threatens the gains made against malaria and the achievement of malaria elimination.
Why is it so difficult to swat a fly? A team of insect experts explains how a fly’s sophisticated vision allows it to quickly react to visual cues.
It’s not just mosquitos. Flooding, extreme heat and other climate-related hazards are bringing people into contact with pathogens more often, and affecting people’s ability to fight off disease.
Certain viruses like dengue and Zika can make their hosts smell tastier to mosquitoes. Luckily, vitamin A and its derivatives may help combat these odor changes.
Mosquitoes are commonplace in summer but where do they go once the weather cools? They don’t completely disappear but find fascinating ways to survive the winter.
Tracking mosquitoes is essential to understanding their pest and public health risks. You can help too – here’s how.
Artificial lights could trick malaria-transmitting mosquito species that feed nocturnally into behaving as if it’s daytime.
New research quantifies the link between agricultural practices and malaria transmission in sub-Saharan Africa.